By Dominic Moreno
And all is right in the world (sort of)
PHOENIX – You have just under a week to preorder iRobot’s new Roomba i7+ model.
Clocking in at $950, iRobot’s newest home-mapping robotic vacuum cleaner has some unusual new features—the most notable among them being the new “Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal” that allows the Roomba to empty itself over 30 times into a tower that sits on your floor.
Other features include advancements in the Roomba’s mapping technology and more.
Check it out for yourself!
iRobot made the announcement on Sept. 6, almost exactly 16 years since the release of the very first Roomba model, back in 2002. As the Roomba celebrates its Sweet Sixteen, it’s becoming more evident than ever that Roomba is a certified American household name.
iRobot is also boasting that their new Roomba i7+ can sustain ten times the suction of past Roomba models, and even connect directly to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in order to schedule precisely when and where you would like your Roomba to clean.
On top of intelligent personal assistant compatibility, the vacuum also flaunts brand new dual multi-surface rubber brushes that iRobot is marketing as “uniquely designed” to stay in “constant contact” with all different types of floor surfaces.
What iRobot doesn’t want you to know is that some of this technology has already been around for at least six years. The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show saw companies from all over the globe come together to showcase their own robotic vacuums, some that could empty themselves too! Most of these robotic vacuum manufacturers, although ahead of iRobot’s available technology at the time, were selling their self-emptying vacuums for at least $300 more than the $950 Roomba i7+.
iRobot’s self-emptying high-suction robotic servants are a little late to the party, maybe it’s not too late for them to become the best at what they do. Do you think that self-emptying vacuums will become the norm?